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We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2023 Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities!

Application deadline: September 1, 2023

Winners will receive an award of $5,000 from NJCH

Organizations may self-nominate

Winner Announced: September 29, 2023


"The Ramapough and the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site – History, Culture, Education, and Environmental Justice"

This multimedia project to promote environmental justice advocacy and curriculum development on Native American history and contemporary Indigenous land relations was co-created with the Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan.

The result is a powerful illustration of how environmental pollution disrupts relationships to land. The Rutgers team, led by project director Anita Bakshi, worked with Turtle Clan members – many of whom live on an active Superfund site – to create an array of materials, including the Our Land, Our Stories book; The Meaning of the Seed documentary film; traveling exhibits; short video projects for YouTube and social media platforms; and a digital exhibit for Rutgers University Libraries.

The project shows how Indigenous communities are responding with programs for cultural restoration and food sovereignty by incorporating multiple voices and creating a multimedia forum for sharing important stories of land and loss, and of survival and recovery.


Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University

Project Website


Project Team

  • Anita Bakshi, Rutgers Landscape Architecture, Project Director, Writer & Editor
  • Chief Vincent Mann, Ramapough Lunaape Nation, Turtle Clan Chief, Project Partner
  • Wayne Mann, Ramapough Lunaape Nation, Project Partner
  • Vivian Milligan, Ramapough Lunaape Nation, Project Partner
  • Michaeline Picaro, Ramapough Lunaape Nation, Project Partner
  • Jan Barry, The Record, “Toxic Legacy” Reporter, Project Partner
  • Eric Johnson, Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, Harvard, Project Partner
  • Chuck Stead, Environmental Studies, Ramapo College, Project Partner
  • Wenke Taule, Former Ringwood Mayor, Ringwood CAG, Project Partner
  • John Kuo Wei Tchen, The Public History Project, Rutgers Newark, Project Partner
  • Judith Zelikoff, Environmental Medicine Lab, NYU, Project Partner
  • Diana Randjelovic, Rutgers Landscape Architecture, Graphic Designer & Graphic Artist
  • Edwin Gano, Rutgers Landscape Architecture, Graphic Artist
  • Jessica MacPhee, Rutgers Landscape Architecture, Graphic Artist
  • Barbra Walker, Rutgers Landscape Architecture, Graphic Artist & Research Assistant
  • Christina Gonzalve, Rutgers Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior, Film Editor & Research Assistant
  • Evan Eden, Rutgers Landscape Architecture, Audio Engineer
  • Kathleen Hammerdahl, Rutgers Landscape Architecture, Research Assistant


"Asbury Park African-American Music Project Digital Museum"

The Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) is a volunteer-led, community-driven organization that celebrates the stories of Springwood Avenue, the heart of Asbury Park's historic African American community. AP-AMP’s digital museum, shared through Pass it Down, an online platform designed to empower and share community storytelling, helps not only preserve but also celebrate the African American cultural heritage of NJ.

With very little of the physical fabric of the community remaining, AP-AMP is working to preserve the legendary Turf Club, the last standing music venue on Springwood Avenue and restore it into a community spot for music and culture. AP-AMP is capturing and sharing the story of the Turf Club through the digital museum.


Asbury Park African-American Music Project

Project Team

  • Yvonne Clayton, Project Director and AP-AMP Treasurer
  • Jennifer Souder, AP-AMP Board President
  • Kathleen Melgar, AP-AMP Board Secretary
  • Melissa Keeling, AP-AMP Board Member
  • Charles Trott, AP-AMP Advisory Committee
  • Ruben Bray, AP-AMP Advisory Committee
  • Bruce Booker, AP-AMP Advisory Committee

Project Website





"Raíces Roots Music Digital Exhibit Series"

The Raíces Roots Music Digital Exhibit Series explores the stories and histories of artists who practice traditional art forms and work to preserve the cultural arts of the Caribbean and Latin America through digital exhibits, oral history library and archival collections. Each exhibit or collection focuses on an artist, group, cultural worker, or special cultural event dedicated to practicing, preserving, and sharing cultural traditions and art forms.

These are exceptional artists, teachers, researchers, culture bearers and organizers living in and around New Jersey as well as throughout the diaspora. Establishing this project has helped us to transform the organization's archival material generally meant for and used by academic researchers into public humanities and community history resources.


Raíces Cultural Center

Project Team

  • Nicole Wines, Co-founder & Program Coordinator
  • Francisco G. Gómez, Co-founder & Director
  • Natalie Saldarriaga, Community Historian & Digital Archive Assistant

Project Website




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Founded in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Council, the Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities will be awarded annually beginning in 2022. The award will recognize an organization which has demonstrated significant engagement with and impact through community-focused public humanities work in New Jersey.

About Stan

“NJCH's longtime leader, Stan Katz, helped shape the Council as an organization that works with scholars across disciplines to serve the New Jersey public, recognizing that public humanities help us bridge divides, promote civic engagement, and give a voice to all members of our society.

In this important moment for the public humanities, we hope naming our award honors his commitment to public humanities and ensures a better future for our communities."

- Dan Fatton, NJCH Board Chair, 2020-2022

Nomination Information

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To be eligible for nomination, an organization must:

  • Have completed the nominated project in the last five years.
  • Be a New Jersey-based nonprofit or government entity.

Anyone may nominate an organization, and nominators may nominate any organization that they believe best exemplifies the purpose of the Prize and fulfills its eligibility requirements; please note that self-nominations from organizations *are* permitted. All nominations will be kept confidential.


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Your generosity will help to further the work of the public humanities in New Jersey while honoring the many contributions Stan Katz has made to the field. Please consider participating in one of the Katz Prize Fund Giving Levels. With your support, we can honor Stan's significant work in the public humanities and the impact of the historical, cultural, and educational organizations in New Jersey.

Donations may be made online, or via check, stock transfers, EFT, property, or other contribution options. To inquire, contact us at donations@njhumanities.org or (609) 695-4838.

Katz Prize Fund Donors

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Founder's Circle ($10,000 & Up)

American Council of Learned Societies
Kiki Jamieson & Will Dove
Sid Lapidus, '59
Gail M. Ullman

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Patrons ($5,000 - $9,999)

Cornelia H. Dayton
International Cultural Property Society
Dan Fatton & Alex Justino
Douglas & Margee Greenberg
William Chester Jordan
Princeton University
Rayman Solomon & Carol Avins
Barry Sullivan & Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
Steven Wheatley & Lina-Marie Delloff
Jamil Zainaldin

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Benefactors ($1,000 - $4,999)

George & Marion Curtis
John Dove
Paul and Byrgen Finkelman
E. Leigh Gibson
James Goodman & Jennifer McFeely
Daniel & Sarah Barringer Gordon
Benjamin Heineman, Jr.
Barbara & Steven Henning
Linda K. Kerber
Bruce H. Mann
Ruth & Bernie Miller
Allen & Rhona Porter
Dr. Robert Ritchie
Michael & Mary Pat Robertson
Benjamin Soskis
Wendel White

Katz Prize Fund Committee Members

Carin Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Cornelia Dayton, Ph.D.
Sarah Barringer Gordon, J.D., Ph.D.
Doug Greenberg, Ph.D., Chair
James Grossman, Ph.D.
Kiki Jamieson, Ph.D.
Arnita Jones, Ph.D.
Michael Klein, J.D., Ph.D.
Michael Robertson, Ph.D.
Rayman Solomon, J.D., Ph.D.
Steven Wheatley, Ph.D.
Jamil Zainaldin, Ph.D.

Without the work and dedication of this group of humanists, the Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in the Public Humanities would not be possible. Thank you for your efforts!


In 2022, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities will celebrate its 50th anniversary. You’re invited to join us as we reflect on the work of the Council throughout the past five decades.


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